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5 Serious Signs in Babies Never to Ignore

Blue lips (cyanosis)

The sign that your baby is not receiving sufficient oxygen is if the lips are blue. Or if you notice their mucus membranes in their mouth is blue. This condition is called cyanosis. This is a scary scenario for any mother to experience. And most life-threatening for the poor baby.

Strained breathing

A sign of respiratory distress occurs when a baby's breathing is persistently fast and hard. It looks like the baby is using so much force of his/her chest muscles to breath in and out. Infact their nostrils flare out as they strain to breathe.

Fever over 38 C (in newborns)

If you ever take the rectal temperature of your baby (that is less than three months old) and see a temperature greater than 38°C. You should call your pediatrician immediately. According to Dr Drazba, “Fever in a newborn is very non-specific. It can be anything from a cold to meningitis. And we treat a fever more seriously in newborns."

Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

If your newborn's skin is getting yellower and yellower; they might have what is called "worsening jaundice."

Firstly bilirubin is produced in the liver. When a baby is born if their liver is not fully ready then bilirubin could mount up in their body; and cause their skin to change yellowish. But the baby should be monitored so that the bilirubin levels don't escalate. Because if the levels shoot up it could affect their brain. Resulting in seizures or permanent brain damage.


If your baby isn't wetting their diapers, then it means they are dehydrated. And this is cause for worry. According to Healthline, " On the first day after birth, expect to use 1–2 wet diapers. On days 2–3 expect 2–4 wet diapers. By day 4, your baby should have 4–6 wet diapers per day; and going forward."

Other indications of severe dehydration include sunken eyes, dry mouth, and lethargy.

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